Integrated Mosquito Management

Integrated Mosquito Management is a philosophy that employs several tools to manage, reduce, and eradicate the mosquito population. In order to accomplish these goals we must understand the mosquitoes that we are targeting that is why we place a lot of emphasis on mosquito surveillance through adult trapping and samples of mosquito larvae that are taken from the field. The data we gather from our surveillance identifies the mosquito species that we are dealing with, the quantity of mosquitoes in the local environment, any diseases that are present in the local mosquito population, the types of habitats that we need to target, and specific locations that need special attention due to increased mosquito activity and detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Mosquito abatement operations use biorational methods and mosquitocides in the form of adulticides, larvicides, and pupacides to eradicate mosquito populations to reduced levels in order to manage their growth.